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21st January 2019
This is good news: PCR teams to be first doctors on spot in Delhi

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

PCR vans are usually the first to respond to a road emergency, and now the police control room personnel are set to turn paramedics to manage accident trauma, reported the TOI (Jan.17, 2019). The Delhi PCR vans will now carry cervical collars and fracture braces, among other medical accessories, to provide proper care within the crucial first five minutes of an accident. The van will now also carry ice packs and eye shades to ensure that the victim is in comfort and the pain from the injuries is managed before they are shifted. Additional training will also help the police personnel to judge and deal with the medical condition of the victims.

Doctors from AIIMS and NGOs, who already teach the cops how to provide cardio-pulmonary resuscitations and undertake basic procedures, will instruct them in life-saving measures....read more

Exercise has no upper age limit: Moving more in old age linked to sharper memory

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Older adults who move more, either with daily exercise or even simple routine physical activity like housework, may preserve more of their memory and thinking skills, even if they have brain lesions or biomarkers linked to dementia, according to a study published in the January 16, 2019, online issue of Neurology.

The study examined 454 older adults; 191 had dementia and 263 did not. All participants were given physical exams and thinking and memory tests every year for 20 years.....read more

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New 'planetary health diet' can save lives and the planet

An international team of scientists has developed a diet it says can improve health while ensuring sustainable food production to reduce further damage to the planet. And it can prevent up to 11.6 million premature deaths without harming the planet, says the report published Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet.... read more

Global influenza pandemic, a threat to health in 2019

The world will face another influenza pandemic, says the WHO, the only thing we don't know is when it will hit and how severe it will be. Global defences are only as effective as the weakest link in any country's health emergency preparedness and response system.... read more

Study identifies predictors for scleroderma renal crisis in patients with systemic sclerosis

A new study published in the January 2019 issue of the Journal of Rheumatology has identified factors that predict scleroderma renal crisis in patients with systemic sclerosis. These include proteinuria, anemia, hypertension, CKD, raised ESR, thrombocytopenia, hypothyroidism, anti-Ro antibody seropositivity and anti-RNA polymerase III antibodies.... read more

Poor glycemic control increases risk of fracture in type 1 diabetes

Patients with type 1 diabetes and poor blood sugar control are at a higher risk of fragility fracture than type 1 diabetes patients with good blood sugar control, according to a study published Jan. 16, 2019 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Poor glycemic control...read more

Pemphigoid may not always present with bullae

One in 5 patients with a pemphigoid diagnosis had no skin blistering in a study of patients with suspected bullous or nonbullous pemphigoid in a study published online Jan. 9, 2019 in JAMA Dermatology. Performing both direct immunofluorescence and indirect immunofluorescence on salt-split skin tests is recommended for diagnosis of the bullous and nonbullous variants of pemphigoid,... read more

Short bouts of stairclimbing throughout the day can enhance health

A few minutes of stair climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiorespiratory fitness, according to new research published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.I n addition to being more fit, the stair climbers were also stronger compared to their sedentary counterparts at the end of the study, ... read more

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Hypothermia is a major cause of mortality during winter in India
Avoid hypothermia in this winter by taking certain necessary precautions
New Delhi, 20th January 2019: According to a recent report, about 44 people died in Delhi between 1 January and 6 January, including a two-year-old child due to the cold weather conditions. Several of these deaths may probably be due to a condition called hypothermia.

Hypothermia is generally defined as having a core body temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and can occur when the outside environment gets too cold or the body’s heat production decreases.

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